Mar 5th, 2014 by Elizabeth
I hit 28 weeks last Friday and had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. The baby is measuring right on track and should be about 2 1/4 pounds.
I feel her kicking all day and every time I wake up during the night. The doctor said that I should make sure I feel movement at least five times an hour. I think this is hilarious because (1) I’m obsessive and it’s not helpful for me to pay that much attention to the baby when I really can’t do anything about it; and (2) when I pay attention I think she’s kicking more like 50 times an hour. Sometimes she kicks or punches so hard I inadvertently make noises like “Oh” and “Oof!” She’s getting strong in there. The literature says that as she gets larger and there’s less room you feel the movement less, which is good because if she was 8 pounds with a lot of room I’d worry that she’d try to punch through.
A lot of people have told me that the most amazing part of pregnancy for them was seeing the heartbeat. For me it was definitely the kicking, or fluttering as they used to call it. I really like when she responds to music. It’s fun to imagine that she has preferences, although they might be bad preferences because she was really active when listening to acid jazz.
Feb 23rd, 2014 by Elizabeth
I wrote about the Black-chinned Yuhina last May. They’re lovely birds and the pictures don’t do them justice because it was so grey outside. These White-collared Yuhinas look much peppier because of the brighter background. The white stripe on their crest might help.
I always admire the acrobatics of birds that are after food.
In researching these birds I found the best angle on this one. They travel in flocks and can be found throughout Asia. I’m always a fan of a bird with a crest so I’m a fan.
Feb 16th, 2014 by Elizabeth
I’m now 26 weeks pregnant. I’m freaking huge. When the baby kicks it makes my stomach ripple like the water glass in Jurassic Park. According to books and the internet, she’s about two pounds and has a 80% survival rate if born right now. Also, premature girls have more advanced lungs than premature boys so they tend to do better. Every week makes me a little bit calmer.
As a complete aside, don’t read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Every assertion in that book is cancelled out later in the book. Make sure to eat enough for the baby, but don’t eat too much. Make sure you’re getting enough exercise, but don’t exercise too much and don’t ever get out of breath. Listen, I’m 26 weeks pregnant. I get out of breath walking up a flight of stairs!
I can no longer run, so one way to get some exercise is to take Teddy Roosevelt for walks. He looks so snazzy in his jackets! This one looks a lot like one of my running shirts.
He’s helping us practice putting clothing on him in preparation for the baby.
I’m a little bit crazy because it’s very muddy outside right now so when I take TR out, when he comes back inside I hold him in my arms as I wipe the dirt off his paws. But otherwise he would make a huge mess! What do you dog owners do?
Feb 11th, 2014 by Elizabeth
This blog would be incomplete without pictures of coots in the winter.
They seem a lot friendlier than other birds because they’re always in groups.
It’s funny, coots barely make an appearance in Massachusetts where I grew up, but they seem so familiar to me. When I was first getting into birds and we visited Golden Gate Park, I got so excited about seeing those crazy yellow feet on a coot.
Feb 8th, 2014 by Elizabeth
The cockatiels had a great time hanging out with me while I studied today. If no one is in the room they will hang out at the back of the cage where it’s dark. If I’m in the room they get a little closer. It looks uncomfortable. Usually Conner and Trevor are together and then Stonewall tries to join them.
Conner has been in a much better mood lately. This is his playful face. The birds were getting overly excited about crevices and Conner was considering his options.
Stonewall loves being photographed. He knows exactly what’s happening when I bring out the camera.
Feb 2nd, 2014 by Elizabeth
I always know when spring is coming because during sunset the robins make a “chip-chip” noise. That hasn’t happened yet. Instead I’ve seen a lot of foraging robins and cold looking robins.
Winter is so bleak it makes the muted breast on the robin look bright. These robins were on Antelope Island where the freeze, slight thaw, and freeze makes crystals grow on all the plants.
Feb 1st, 2014 by Elizabeth
I flew to the Patent Office in Virginia this week for in-person interviews with patent examiners. The nearby Whole Foods had satsuma oranges so I was okay. On the way home, I got stuck in Denver overnight, so I spent a total of three nights away from home. I was worried that the trip would be extra hard since I’m six-months pregnant, but it didn’t affect me too much. I was really uncomfortable in the last hour of the four-hour flights, but that would be true regardless. The baby kicks pretty frequently, which I love because it’s like she’s checking in with me.
I hit the 24 week milestone this week. According to some internet sources, this is considered viability because the baby has a 50% change of surviving. It’s hard to imagine because she’s only 1.3 pounds.
The cockatiels were so happy when I came home. I studied upstairs today and Stonewall was very excited to have me near him.
Conner must have felt betrayed by my leaving for three days because he was very mad at me. It took all day to get him sweet again.
I’m not sure that Trevor even noticed I was gone. He had a birthday while I was gone and I’m sorry I missed that. He’s four! Jon gave him extra millet.
Jan 26th, 2014 by Elizabeth
Utah has a stark beauty in the winter. An eagle can improve the scenery a little, though.
Jan 25th, 2014 by Elizabeth
I haven’t said anything because I wanted to wait until everything seemed safe, but guess what? I’m pregnant. Maybe someday she’ll even read this post. I cannot wait to see you little one! I’ve been feeling her kick for a few weeks now. It’s weird at first to feel movement inside you that you didn’t cause. Now that I’m used to it, it’s like having a friend with me during the day. I had to start telling people at work since I’m obviously pregnant.
I tried to pass it off as weight gain for a little while by mentioning how much I like holiday cookies.
I have the usual symptoms in the first trimester. I threw up a few times and I was pretty nauseous for about three weeks. Pro tip: eat your vitamins at night because they don’t taste good coming up in the morning. I didn’t appreciate that getting a new puppy when you’re sensitive to smells can be problematic. I dry heaved a lot having to pick up dog poop because of the smell. It still affects me, but not as much. One day was a true comedy of errors because Teddy had diarrhea. I had trouble containing it in a poop bag so I went back inside to grab more supplies. These service workers chose to come into my backyard to cut a tree and one of them stepped right on the bag, which spread the smell around. I had to pick up even more of it while retching into my arm. The service workers thought I was nuts because my reaction was so extreme.
Teddy should be great with the baby. They’ll be best friends. You can see a little shaved patch on his leg where they shaved him for his surgery a few weeks ago. It pulled at my heart strings when I first saw it. But pregnancy makes me extra emotional. I’ve spent several mornings in the parking garage trying to gather composure because something set me off. I’m not a very emotional person and I dislike feeling out of control.
Jan 19th, 2014 by Elizabeth
Song Sparrows are in Utah year round. They can be a little hard to identify, especially from the side.
From straight on, you can make out the mutton chops and a spot that is often terms the breast spot. They don’t all have it, though. The first one is lacking the spot, the second one has it. They’re easier to identify in the summer because they sing constantly.
Just look in the snow and you might find one.